Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP, is the systematic study of human performance and a practical application of how people think. NLP provides a way for you to take control of your mind and the way you think, which is very effective in changing how you view your life and past events. It studies excellence and teaches skills that promote positive change, which generates new opportunities and possibilities.
NLP teaches people how to use their brains. Neuro-Linguistic Programming goes deep. It is a fluid framework that transforms at a much deeper level faster than you can imagine.
In the 1970’s, prominent names such as Richard Bandler, John Grinder, David Gordon, Leslie Cameron-Bandler, Steve Andreas, Connirae Andreas, and Robert Dilts developed NLP methods which are part of a practice that continues to evolve today.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is based on the work of Alfred Korzybski, Virginia Satir, Milton Erickson, Gregory Bateson and Fritz Pearls, among others. Neuro-Linguistic Programming provides practitioners an opportunity to initiate change in the lives of their clients.
“God may forgive you for your sins, but your nervous system won’t” ~ Scientist Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski.
Scientist Korzybski believed that Neuro-Linguistic Programming is an integration of neurology, psychology, linguistics, cybernetics, and systems theory. The three components of the term Neuro-Linguistic Programming describes what this obscure and complex science encompasses:
- NEURO: All of our experiences, both conscious and subconscious, which are derived through and from our senses and central nervous system.
- LINGUISTIC: Our mental processes are given meaning, coded, organized, and then transformed through language.
- PROGRAMMING: People interact as a system in which experience and communication are composed of sequences of patterns or “programs”.
Alfred Korzybsk’s work gave birth to the term Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
The Meta Model is a particular group of linguistic information gathering tools used extensively in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and has been designed to reconnect a person’s language to the experience that is represented by that language. It reflects on the knowledge that language is not experience, but rather a representation of experience. The Meta Model intersects language and experience. This is used extensively in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
An event, feeling, or belief, has no meaning on its own. It just is. People give it meaning according to their beliefs, values, likes, and dislikes. Nothing is judged as good or bad, only possibilities to effectively cope and respond to our environment.
Sometimes it is not a person’s choices that are wrong. Sometimes they simply don’t have enough choices available to successfully confront their problem. NLP allows you to see more possible choices, and hence, have a more successful outcome.
“It is not the world that lacks choices, but the individual’s model of the world” ~ Richard Bandler and John Grinder.
The Meta Model encompasses three universal processes: Generalization, Deletion, and Distortion. Through these we discover how to survive, grow, learn, understand, and experience the abundance the world has to offer.
If we mistake our subjective reality for reality, these same processes limit us and suppress any chance we have of flexibility and moving forward.
As these three universal modeling processes are expressed in language patterns, we use the Meta Model to challenge them when they limit rather than expand a person’s behavioral choices.
While this is only a brief summary of what Neuro-Linguistic Programming is all about, hopefully it has given you a better feel for NLP and what it can do to help you.